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Berikut ini Tabel perbandingan antara

Interbet-Based TOEFL, Computer-Based TOEFL, dan Paper-Based TOEFL

120 300 677
120 297 673
119 293 670
118 290 667
117 287 660-663
116 283 657
114-115 280 650-653
113 277 647
111-112 273 640-643
110 270 637
109 267 630-633
106-108 263 623-627
105 260 617-620
103-104 257 613
101-102 253 607-610
100 250 600-603
92-93 237 580-583
88-89 230 570-573
83 220 557-560
79-80 213 550
76 207 540-543
71 197 527-530
68 190 520
64 180 507-510
61 173 500

Sejak diluncurkan bulan Juli 2010 lalu sudah cukup banyak karyawan dan  mahasiswa yang mengikuti test TOEFL Online Englishkita. Ada yang prosesnya melalui blog ini (online), tetapi banyak juga yang langsung telpon dan datang ke ‘markas’ Englishkita di Bekasi. Berikut ini sebagian karyawan dan mahasiswa yang sudah membuktikan efisiensi dan efektivitas ikut TOEFL Online di Englishkita:

1. Irawati – Jakarta Pusat – 644; 2. Rosalina – Riau – 531; 3. Mutia – Jakarta Timur – 578; 4. Ria – Bogor – 461; 5. Abdul M – Porong Jatim – 489; 6. Annisa – Cibinong – 466; 7. Siti H – Jakarta Selatan – 580; 8. Purwo – Bekasi – 461; 9. Setiadi – Bekasi – 450; 10. Hidayat – Tangerang – 488; 11. Kiswadi – Jakarta Selatan – 450; 12. Santoso – Jakarta Selatan – 470; 13. Amelia – Palembang – 512; 14. Pratiwi – Tambun Bekasi – 467; 15. Mustika – Bandung – 537; 16. Nanang – Bintaro – 546; 17. Nurul – Singapura – 600; 18. Dina – Jakarta Pusat – 603; 19. Andi – Bogor – 546; 20. Deni – Bandung – 560; 21. Reza – Jagakarsa – 610; 22. Endang – Australia – 600; 23. Teddy – Los Angeles – 603; 24. Ria – Jakarta – 644; 25. Rizwan – Karawaci – 603; 26. Karmila – Makassar – 566; 27. Sri – Sorong – 516; 28. Heldy – Los Angeles – 610; 29. Angga – Bekasi – 443 …

Dan masih banyak lagi. Terima kasih kepada semua yang telah memercayai Englishkita Communication. Dari sebagian TOEFL participants tersebut ternyata ada juga yang sekarang sedang bertugas di luar negeri sementara Kantornya di Jakarta. Nah, TOEFL Online Englishkita hadir sehingga mereka tidak perlu pulang dulu ke Indonesia hanya untuk test TOEFL.

Ayo, silakan buang jauh-jauh keraguan, kekhawatiran, kecemasan, ketakutan, dsb. untuk ikut test TOEFL di sini. Praktis. Murah. Cepat. Terjamin. Yang tingal di Jabodetabek dan memerlukan bimbingan correspondence, presentasi, paper/thesis, abstract, proposal writing, dsb., silakan langsung telpon ke 081932100598 atau email ke agussatoto@gmail.com


Agus Satoto – Bekasi

Apakah Anda sedang berpikir untuk memiliki pacar ‘Bule’? Atau saat ini sedang berpacaran dengan cowok/cewek Bule? Coba pelajari dialog berikut dan beberapa istilah yang mungkin Anda perlukan:

Beberapa Istilah dalam PACARAN  in English

Steve: What’s up?

Terry: I’ve got a dinner date with this new chick I met.

Steve: Nice. Where did you meet her?

Terry: We met on the Net.

Steve: I can’t believe you would do that. She must

be ugly. No hot chick needs a site like that to meet guys.

Terry: That’s what I thought but check out the photos she texted me.

Steve: She looks smokin in the photos but she might turn out to be butt

in real life.

Terry: I know so I’ve got a back up plan.

Steve: What’s the plan?

Terry: It’s not really a plan but I’ll just make some excuse 20 minutesinto the date and bail early.

Chick: A “chick” is a common slang word to call a good looking or attractive girl. (cewek cuakep)

Example: He’s a really cool guy and he’s always got so many chicks calling him.

Net: The “net” is a slang word to refer to the “internet”. It is used a lot in spoken English instead of the full word “internet”.

Example: I brought my laptop. Is there any place near here I can use the net? I’ve gotta send someone a quick email.

Hot: “hot” is a common adjective in spoken English to describe a good looking or sexy person. Both girls and guys can be referred to as “hot” but it’s more commonly used to describe girls. (cewek sueksi)

Example: Have you ever been to Korea? There are so many hot chicks there! (perhatikan bentuk jamak/pluralnya ‘chicks’ bukan ‘chickens’ ya. Kalau chickens itu yang ada di kampung-kampung dan kampus-kampus. Makanya di sini ada Ayam Kampung dan Ayam Kampus).

Check out: If you “check something out” it means you take a look at it. It’s very casual and used a lot in spoken English.

Example: Check out the new website I found. You’ll love it.

Texted: Sending an SMS or short message on a cell phone is most often referred to as “texting” by native English speakers. It can be used as a verb and a noun. (kirim sms)

Example: I’ll meet you at the restaurant but I forget where it is. Can you text me the address? (verb)

I just got a text from my girlfriend. She sounds upset.  hould call her. (sms – noun)

Smokin: This is a slang term to describe a “hot” or good looking girl. (sueksi buanget)

Example: Did you see her on the new magazine cover? She’s smokin!

Butt: This is not a nice word to describe someone but it’s quite common. If someone is “butt” it means they are very ugly. (uelekk tuenannnn)

Example: His new girlfriend set me up on a date with her best friend. Her best friend is a nice person but she’s really butt. It was a pretty awkward and embarrassing date.

Back up plan: If you have a “back up plan” it means that you have a “Plan B” or some second option if your original plan doesn’t work well.

Example: My scores were terrible on my exams. If I don’t get into any good  university, my back up plan is to go traveling for a year and then apply again next year.

Bail: If you “bail” on some plan it means you decide not to do it after you already agreed to it. (ora nepati janji)

Example: We were supposed to meet here at 8:00 but she just texted me and bailed with some stupid excuse.


Kata atau frasa sambung sangat penting bagi speaking dan writing.  Oleh karena itu gunakanlah linking words atau transitions untuk memperbaiki alur speaking dan writing kita. berikut beberapa contoh transitions yang secara umum dipakai dan mengapa:

Using transitional words and phrases
helps papers read more smoothly.
They provide logical organization and understandability
and improve the connections and transitions between thoughts

A coherent paper allows the reader
to flow from the first supporting point to the last.

Transitions indicate relations,
whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.
This list illustrates “relationships” between ideas,
followed by words and phrases that can connect them.

also, again, as well as, besides, coupled with, furthermore, in addition, likewise, moreover, similarly

accordingly, as a result, consequently, for this reason, for this purpose,
hence, otherwise, so then, subsequently, therefore, thus, thereupon, wherefore

as a rule, as usual, for the most part,
generally, generally speaking, ordinarily, usually

chiefly, especially, for instance, in particular, markedly, namely,
particularly,  including, specifically, such as

for example, for instance, for one thing, as an illustration,
illustrated with, as an example, in this case

above all, chiefly, with attention to, especially, particularly, singularly

comparatively, coupled with, correspondingly, identically, likewise, similar, moreover, together with

aside frombarringbesides, exceptexceptingexcludingexclusive ofother than,outside ofsave

in essence, in other words, namely, that is, that is to say,
in short, in brief, to put it differently

Contrast and Comparison:
contrast, by the same token, conversely, instead, likewise,
on one hand, on the other hand, on the contrary, rather,
similarly, yet, but, however, still, nevertheless, in contrast

at first, first of all, to begin with, in the first place, at the same time,
for now, for the time being, the next step, in time, in turn, later on,
meanwhile, next, then, soon, the meantime, later, while, earlier,
simultaneously, afterward, in conclusion, with this in mind,

after all, all in all, all things considered, briefly, by and large, in any case, in any event,
in brief, in conclusion, on the whole, in short, in summary, in the final analysis,
in the long run, on balance, to sum up, to summarize, finally

by the way, incidentally

here, there, over there, beyond, nearly, opposite, under, above,
to the left, to the right, in the distance



There are 4 key skills when you learn a language:

  1. listening
  2. speaking
  3. reading
  4. writing

Which one of these is the “Odd-One-Out”? Which one of these is different from the other three? The answer is speaking. The other three you can do alone, on your own, without anyone else. You can listen to the radio alone. You can read a book alone. You can write a letter alone. But you can’t reallyspeak alone! Speaking to yourself can be “dangerous” because men in white coats may come and take you away!!

That is why you should make every effort possible to find somebody to speak with. Where can you find people who can speak English with you? And how can you practise speaking when you are alone?

At School

If you go to a language school, you should use the opportunity to speak to your teachers and other students. When you go home, you can still practise listening, reading and writing, but you probably can’t practise speaking. If your teacher asks you a question, take the opportunity to answer. Try to say as much as possible. If your teacher asks you to speak in pairs or groups with other students, try to say as much as possible. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Just speak!

Conversation Clubs

Many cities around the world have conversation clubs where people can exchange one language for another. Look in your local newspaper to find a conversation club near you. They are usually free although some may charge a small entrance fee.


If you are living in an English-speaking country, you have a wonderful opportunity. Practise speaking to the local people such as shop assistants or taxi drivers. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, you can ask questions about products that interest you in a shop. “How much does this cost?” “Can I pay by cheque?” “Which do you recommend?” Often you can start a real conversation – and it costs you nothing!

Pubs and Bars

Even if you don’t live in an English-speaking country, there are often American, British, Irish and Australian pubs in many large cities. If you can find one of these pubs, you’ll probably meet many people speaking English as a first or second language.

Language is all around You

Everywhere you go you find language. Shop names, street names, advertisements, notices on buses and trains… Even if you are not in an English-speaking country, there are often a lot of English words you can see when walking in the street, especially in big cities. And there are always numbers. Car numbers, telephone numbers, house numbers… How can this help you? When you walk down the street, practise reading the words and numbers that you see. Say them to yourself. It’s not exactly a conversation, but it will help you to “think” in English. For example, if you walk along a line of parked cars, say the number on each car quickly as you pass it. Test yourself, to see how fast you can walk and still say each number. But don’t speak too loud!

Songs and Video

Listen to the words of an English-language song that you like. Then repeat them to yourself and try to sing with the music. Repeat the words as many times as possible until they become automatic. Soon you’ll be singing the whole song. Or listen to one of your favourite actors on video and repeat one or two sentences that you like. Do it until it becomes automatic. It’s good practice for your memory and for the mouth muscles that you need for English.

Above all, don’t be afraid to speak. You must try to speak, even if you make mistakes. You cannot learn without mistakes. There is a saying: “The person who never made a mistake never made anything.” So think of your mistakes as something positive and useful.

Speak as much as possible! Make as many mistakes as possible! When you know that you have made a mistake, you know that you have made progress.



The Alaska pipeline starts at the frozen edge of the Arctic Ocean.
It stretches southward across the largest and northernmost state in
the United States, ending at a remote ice-free seaport village nearly
Line 800 miles from where it begins. It is massive in size and extremely
(5) complicated to operate.
The steel pipe crosses windswept plains and endless miles of
delicate tundra that tops the frozen ground. It weaves through
crooked canyons, climbs sheer mountains, plunges over rocky
crags, makes its way through thick forests, and passes over or
(10) under hundreds of rivers and streams. The pipe is 4 feet in diameter,
and up to 2 million barrels (or 84 million gallons) of crude oil can
be pumped through it daily.
Resting on H-shaped steel racks called “bents,” long sections of
the pipeline follow a zigzag course high above the frozen earth.
(15) Other long sections drop out of sight beneath spongy or rocky
ground and return to the surface later on. The pattern of the
pipeline’s up-and-down route is determined by the often harsh
demands of the arctic and subarctic climate, the tortuous lay of the
land, and the varied compositions of soil, rock, or permafrost
(20) (permanently frozen ground). A little more than half of the pipeline
is elevated above the ground. The remainder is buried anywhere
from 3 to 12 feet, depending largely upon the type of terrain and
the properties of the soil.
One of the largest in the world, the pipeline cost approximately
(25) $8 billion and is by far the biggest and most expensive construction
project ever undertaken by private industry. In fact, no single
business could raise that much money, so 8 major oil companies
formed a consortium in order to share the costs. Each company
controlled oil rights to particular shares of land in the oil fields and
(30) paid into the pipeline-construction fund according to the size of its
holdings. Today, despite enormous problems of climate, supply
shortages, equipment breakdowns, labor disagreements, treacherous
terrain, a certain amount of mismanagement, and even theft, the
Alaska pipeline has been completed and is operating.


  1. The passage primarily discusses the pipeline’s
    1. operating costs
    2. employees
    3. consumers
    4. construction
  2. The word “it” in line 4 refers to
    1. pipeline
    2. ocean
    3. state
    4. village
  3. According to the passage, 84 million gallons of oil can travel through the pipeline each
    1. day
    2. week
    3. month
    4. year
  4. The phrase “Resting on” in line 13 is closest in meaning to
    1. Consisting of
    2. Supported by
    3. Passing under
    4. Protected with
  5. The author mentions all of the following as important in determining the pipeline’s route EXCEPT the
    1. climate
    2. lay of the land itself
    3. local vegetation
    4. kind of soil and rock
  6. The word “undertaken” in line 26 is closest in meaning to
    1. removed
    2. selected
    3. transported
    4. attempted
  7. How many companies shared the costs of constructing the pipeline?
    1. 3
    2. 4
    3. 8
    4. 12
  8. The word “particular” in line 29 is closest in meaning to
    1. peculiar
    2. specific
    3. exceptional
    4. equal
  9. Which of the following determined what percentage of the construction costs each member of the consortium would pay?
    1. How much oil field land each company owned
    2. How long each company had owned land in the oil fields
    3. How many people worked for each company
    4. How many oil wells were located on the company’s land
  10. Where in the passage does the author provide a term for an earth covering that always remains frozen?
    1. Line 3
    2. Line 13
    3. Line 19
    4. Line 32



Cek Jawaban Anda dengan kunci berikut:


Dear Susan

A man is in jail for robbing 27 banks. One day
he receives a letter from his wife. It says...

  Dear Peter
  As you are in jail I will have to plant the 
  potatoes in the garden myself.
  When is the best time to plant them?

He sends her the following reply... 

  Dear Susan
  Do not plant the potatoes in the garden as
  that is where I have hidden all the money
  from the bank robberies.

A few days later he receives another letter...
  Dear Peter
  It's terrible. Yesterday twenty policemen 
  came to the house and dug up the whole
  garden, but they didn't find anything.
  Love Susan

He sends her the following reply...
  Dear Susan
  Now is the best time to plant the potatoes!


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